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Picture Book Review: Hector and Hummingbird

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Picture Book Review: Hector and Hummingbird

There seems to be a bit more suspense and higher stakes in certain parts with the movie. Perhaps that is what it is. Plus, Danny DeVito is fantastic.

Review Date: June 6th, 2016

Written and Illustrated by: Nicholas John Frith

Cover Copy

“Hey, Hector? Shall I tell you a story? I love telling stories! This story’s all about me! And a bit about you too. But mainly about me. Shall I tell you how it goes? Hector?! Hec-torrr!”
Will Hector ever find a bit of peace and quiet?


The color combinations in this book are so pretty I almost forget to read the story.

But what a cute story it is! I think this one really hits home for me because I grew up with a friend who was about as hyper as Hummingbird, and I felt similar to how Hector does when she wasn’t around, even though she always had so much more energy than me and I like my peace and quiet.

This story is still a bit “big” for Madeline. She tends to want to turn the pages too fast when we read books, or gets distracted and picks out a new book halfway through what we are reading. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that Hummingbird’s lines, when read a little louder and much faster than Hectors, stopped her mind from wandering and brought her attention straight back to the book, which is great.

Overall, this is a great read that I have no doubt will increase appearances in our reading rotation as she grows. Also, I had to add a couple more photos than usual because she was too cute and I couldn’t pick. Enjoy!

Baby Ratings

  • Tear & Fold Resistance: 7/10
  • Font Readability: 10/10
  • Baby Engagement: 9/10
  • Mommy Engagement: 10/10


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Reader, Author, Bookstagrammer, and Mom; Alexis runs Nerdy Post, a fandom artwork box as well as serves as chief editor and writer on Drop and Give me Nerdy.

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